Topics

ECL TESTS TOPICS
LEVEL A2 – Way stage LEVEL B1 – Threshold

1. The individual

  • personal particulars
  • appearance
  • clothing
  • daily routine

1. The individual

  • personal particulars
  • appearance
  • inner characteristics
  • casual / evening wear

2. Partnership

  • family
  • relatives
  • acquaintances, friends
  • classmates/ colleagues

2. Partnership

  • relatives, friends
  • acquaintances, neighbours
  • classmates/schoolmates/colleagues

3. Family

  • family members
  • family occasions /celebrations

3. Family

  • family members
  • family occasions/celebrations
  • distribution of tasks in the family

4. Place of living

  • house/flat
  • furnishing of the living-room /bedroom
  • kitchen furniture, gadgets
  • the street, the town
  • (sharing the housework)

4. Place of living

  • house/block house/flat
  • furnishing/gadgets of the rooms
  • furnishing/gadgets of the kitchen and the bathroom
  • rent and bills
  • housework

5. Travelling/transport

  • means of transport
  • timetable/information
  • buying tickets (bus, train, plane)
  • travelling documents

5. Travelling/transport

  • means of transport
  • public transport
  • timetable/information
  • buying tickets / preparation for a journey
  • travelling abroad/travelling documents

6. Shopping/shops

  • shops
  • special shops
  • electronics
  • markets
  • grocery
  • clothes shops
  • departments in a shopping centre

6. Shopping/shops 

  • shops/markets
  • department stores / departments
  • groceries/household goods
  • clothing
  • electric appliances

7. Communication/keeping in contact

  • post (letter, postcard)
  • telephone / fax
  • text messages, e-mails

7. Communication/keeping in contact

  • post (letter, telegram, parcel)
  • telephone (traditional, mobile, text messages)
  • Internet (e-mail, Skype, chat)
8. Services

  • restaurant (menu, ordering, paying)
  • hotel (booking, paying)
8. Services

  • financial services (transfer, exchange)
  • restaurant (menu, ordering, paying)
  • hotel (booking, paying)
9. Culture/entertainment-

  • free time activities
  • guests
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • museums
  • concerts
9. Culture/entertainment

  • guests
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • museums
  • concerts
  • library (school, at home, public)
10. Time/weather

  • seasons
  • weather
  • rainy weather / winter weather / snowing
10. Time/weather

  • seasons / weather
  • weather forecast
11. Health/illnesses

  • at the pediatrician’s
  • at the doctor’s
  • at the dentist’s
  • some common illnesses
    (flu, cold)
  • medication
  • at the chemist’s
11. Health/illnesses

  • at the doctor’s
  • common illnesses and their symptoms
  • prescriptions / medication /pharmacy
12. Sport 

  • popular sports
  • football
  • athletics
  • doing sports
  • sport and hobby
12. Sport 

  • popular sports
  • national sports
  • doing sports
13. Media

  • television
  • radio
  • newspapers
  • magazines
13. Media

  • television
  • radio
  • newspapers / magazines
14. Hobby

  • reading
  • listening to music
  • computer games
  • the candidate’s favourite pastime
14. Hobby

  • gardening / DIY
  • reading / listening to music
  • computer
15. Studying/work

  • subjects
  • popular professions
  • workplaces
  • colleagues / school-friends
  • daily routine at home / at work
15. Studying/work

  • types of schools
  • subjects
  • popular professions / workplaces
  • daily routine
  • colleagues / bosses / classmates
16. European Union

  • members of the EU
  • travelling / work / mobility
17. Culture and civilisation

  • basic practical information regarding the home country and the target language country (weather, currency, eating habits, daily routine, celebrations, shopping opportunities, et)
  • tourist attractions
  • accommodation / restaurants
LEVEL B2 – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL C1 – ADVANCED
1. The individual

  • behavioural patterns
  • fashion/clothing/cosmetics
1. The individual 

  • ambition/career building
  • the individual and the society
  • problems of social integration
2. Partnership

  • making friends (in person, on the net, etc.)
  • roles in the family
  • contacts at work / at school
2. Partnership

  • forms of partnership
  • nationalities/minorities
3. Family

  • family/bringing up children
  • relationship of generations / living together
  • marriage/forms of partnership
3. Family

  • the social status of families / the system of family allowances
  • family/career
4. Place of living

  • rental/property/lodgings
  • buying a flat/buying on credit /renovation
  • way of living in a town and in a village
4. Place of living

  • housing situation / difficulties of building a house
  • homelessness / its causes/ problems
  • housing and mobility
5. Travelling/transport

  • driving/highway codes
  • walking, riding the bike
  • reasons/forms of travelling abroad
5. Travelling/transport 

  • problems of city traffic / public transport versus using cars
  • transport and environmental protection
  • tourism as a source of income
  • development in transport / its aspects
6. Shopping/shops 

  • shopping habits / commercials, ads
  • chains / shopping by mail
  • retail shops versus shopping centres
6. Shopping/shops

  • consumers’ society
  • buying on credit/with credit cards/on the Internet
  • shopping tourism
7. Communication/keeping in contact -

  • reasons of the popularity of mobiles
  • the role of language knowledge in communication
  • the increasing dominance of the English language
7. Communication/keeping in contact

  • the Internet in business communication
  • Fax, e-mail versus traditional letter writing
  • less widely used languages versus English
8. Services

  • car rental / travel agencies
  • repairs / guarantees
8. Services

  • quality / guarantee of services
  • role, significance of services
  • electronic services / online ordering
9. Culture/entertainment

  • books versus Internet
  • cinema, theatre versus TV, video, DVD
  • he Internet and the social networking sites

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9. Culture/entertainment 

  • role of arts in the past and present
  • public collections and their maintenance / art / historic relics / monuments
  • mentorship / sponsorship / advertising
10. Time/weather 

  • role and accurateness of forecasts
  • relationship of climate and flora / fauna
10. Time/weather

  • natural catastrophes and their consequences
  • hole in the ozone layer / dangers of global warming
11. Health/illnesses

  • outpatient department / hospital / specialists
  • nature cure – medicines
  • prevention / screening
  • healthy diet
11. Health/illnesses

  • science / research serving medical care / genetics
  • alternative methods of healing
  • health tourism
12. Sport 

  • doing sports – healthy lifestyle –dangerous/extreme sports
  • ball games / team sports / rules
  • water sports/winter sports
  • Olympic Games
12. Sport 

  • first-class sports – mass sports / doping
  • professionalism in sports / amateur sports / extreme sports
  • sport and women (chess, boxing, weightlifting, football)
  • sport and commercials
13. Media

  • features of newspapers, their columns
  • sensation and news
13. Media

  • objectivity / impartiality of providing information
  •  stars / celebrities
14. Hobby

  • pursuing amateur arts
  • clubs (sport, cultural, professional)
  • hobby and work
  • modern / peculiar hobbies
14. Hobby

  • promoting traditions
  • exclusive hobbies (golf, horse riding, scuba diving, etc.)
  • hobby and/or professionalism?

 

15. Studying/work

  • language knowledge / skills / career
  • equal chances in education / finding a workplace
  • unemployment
  • exchange programs / scholarships abroad / professional development
  • new forms of studying
15. Studying/work 

  • (over)qualification / chances on the work market
  • lifelong education
  • finding work / mobility
  • chances of the underprivileged
16. European Union 

  • work in the EU
  • language teaching / language knowledge / work opportunities in the EU
16. European Union 

  • the role of the EU in world politics
  • common / national currency
17. Culture and civilisation The home country and the target language country

  • population / ethnic minorities
  • historic traditions / monuments / cultural values
  • artistic / ethnographic characteristics
17. Culture and civilisation The home country and the target language country

  • fame / recognition in the world / their relationship to each other
  • their image
  • differences in traditions / customs / ideology

 

18. Public life

  • public institutions / personal documents
  • public safety
  • national holidays
18. Public life

  • the purity of public life / corruption
  • political parties / elections / referendum
19. Environmental protection

  • pollution (air, water, soil, et)
  • selective waste management
  • recycling
  • alternative sources of energy
19. Environmental protection

  • prevention in environmental protection
  • environmental catastrophes and their consequences
20. Current topics/events

  • public life / politics / NGOs
  • economy
  • arts
  • sports
20. Current topics/events

  • public life / politics / NGOs
  • economy / arts / sports
21. Globalisation

  • uniformity (dressing, eating, culture, consumer products, etc.)
  • globalization / maintaining national characteristics

 

22. Current questions of ethics

  • animal experiments
  • nuclear experiments
23. Current questions on economy/society-

  • smuggling: goods / people
  • smoking / dangers of drug addiction